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.the the national institutes of health. >> dr. francis collins, can you give us in a nutshell what nih >> the national institute of health is an amazing place. it has a budget every year of approximately $30 billion. half of that goes out to grants in every state of the nation. when you hear about a breakthrough that has happened in diabetes research or autism or alzheimer's, it is very likely that it came from a university or institute somewhere that was supported by nih. that is what we do. we support the best and brightest to chase after their visionary ideas, and we think we are good at that. as thet is the influence? director, with 27 institutes and centers, how do you influence what goes on? >> it is a very big place. it has 27 institutes and centers. they are various diseases- or organ-instance focused.there is a can start institute, a diabetes institute, a heart and lung institute. each of these is led by remarkable, world-class scientists. they work across the landscape to try to identify what has to happen next in order to advance human health. my role as nih director is to l
a year later. i want to run this clip. [video clip] >> francis collins, who did the human genome project, and who brought it in under budget, we are on opposite sides of the religious debate. we became friends. he is a very convinced christian. we became friendly debaters, and he has taken a very kindly interest in my case and has helped me have my genome sequenced to look for a more perfect, identifiable match for a mutation that is peculiar to me. >> how did you become friends? >> as christopher said, we started out as debating about the topic of science and faith. in fact, are these world views compatible? for me, they are. as a believer, the opportunity to do science and see god's hands in nature is a wonderful, positive experience. christopher, obviously, has taken a different view and has been articulate in his argument, on the side of atheism. so we began with the circumstance of having an intellectual jousting about this, and he is a very impressive debater and intellect, but over the course of time, we became friends. i have great respect for the way he could amass arguments and
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